Kia K9

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Kia K9
Kia Quoris 3.8 SX 2013 (12567163983).jpg
Kia Quoris
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called
  • Kia Quoris
  • Kia K900 (United States and Canada)
Production 2012-present
Model years 2013-present
Assembly Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform BH-L (VI)
Related Hyundai Equus
Transmission Hyundai Powertech 8-Speed automatic
Wheelbase 3,045 mm (119.9 in)[1]
Length 5,090 mm (200.4 in)
Width 1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,870 kg (4,120 lb) (3.3)
  • 1,910 kg (4,210 lb) (3.8)
Predecessor Kia Amanti/Opirus (U.S. & Canada/Worldwide)

The Kia K9 is a full-size sedan from South Korean automaker Kia Motors. It replaces the Opirus sedan in the Korean market, and will sit at the top of the Kia range above the Kia K7/Cadenza. The K9 was launched in South Korea in May 2012, with export sales expected towards the end of 2012. As of June 2013, the car is available in South Korea (as the Kia K9), the Middle East, Colombia, Russia (as the Kia Quoris),[2] United States, and Canada (as the Kia K900). There are plans to release it in China; however, Kia will not be using the Quoris name.[3]


Kia K9 (South Korea)
Kia K9 (South Korea)

The K9 is a derivative of the BH-L (VI) platform shared by the Hyundai Equus and Genesis. It is the first rear-wheel drive sedan from Kia.[4] The K9's development code was KH.

The K9 is slightly shorter than the Equus, but has a more aggressive, sporty stance as well as a longer wheelbase with shorter front overhang dimensions. Kia's "Tiger nose" grill has been adopted in the front fascia design. It implements some new technologies to a KIA car like Blind spot assist, Head Up Display and an advance Adaptive Front Lighting System.

Launch engines in Korea include a 300 PS (221 kW; 296 bhp) 3.3-L (3342cc) V6 and a 334 PS (246 kW; 329 bhp) 3.8-L (3778cc) GDI direction-injection V6,[5] coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Quoris debuted in Russia in 2013 with non-GDI V6 3.8 294 PS (216 kW; 290 bhp).[6]

Kia GT Concept[edit]

Kia GT Concept

The K9 was previewed in 2011 with the public showing of the Kia GT concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As with the K9, the GT is a four-door, rear-wheel-drive sedan but featuring suicide doors and a 390 bhp (291 kW; 395 PS) 3.3-litre turbocharged V6.[7]


To promote the K900, Kia Motors released their Super Bowl XLVIII commercial, featuring Laurence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from The Matrix series.[8]


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